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April 25, 2014
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This Week at the Capitol, Capitol Topic In-Depth, State Contracts 101

This Week at the Capitol (4:12) Lawmakers reached the half-way point of the 2014 regular session. Some of the topics discussed included whether voters should decide to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, giving Louisiana optometrists more healthcare responsibilities and expanding the use of service dogs to include helping disabled veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. SHARE


Capitol Topic In-Depth (9:23) Rep. Pat Smith (D-Baton Rouge) and Mark Thomas, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Louisiana discuss the failure of Medicaid expansion and what it means. SHARE


State Contracts 101 (17:39) Louisiana has nearly 13,000 active contracts – the majority for $50,000 or more. Will proposed legislation of ten-percent cuts help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder state agencies? This month’s Louisiana Public Square looks at the cost-effectiveness of state contract services. SHARE




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Connelly, Kelly

Kelly Connelly

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Kelly Connelly produces Capitol Beat, a nightly news segment during the legislative… »»» READ MORE


Charlie Whinham 201309

Charlie Whinham

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Emmy award winning broadcaster Charlie Whinham joined Louisiana Public Broadcasting in the… »»» READ MORE



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